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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness, MI



It's Fall Foliage season in The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness -- Michigan's largest State Park. Adjacent to Lake Superior and featuring almost 100 miles of hiking trails, it contains old-growth forest, tumbling waterfalls and amazing views of lakes, rivers and streams.

Our hike will happen in the western portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, taking us deeap in the heart of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan's largest state park and one of the wildest areas in the Midwest. The Porcupine Mountains (aka "The Porkies") enjoy great popularity among hikers, and boast 35,000 acres of old-growth forest, gorgeous rivers and waterfalls, and amazing Lake Superior scenery.

So if you are looking to supercharge your health transformation with a nutritional reboot while enjoying the old-growth forests, picturesque cascading waterfalls, and breathtaking Lake Superior coast of the Porcupine Mountains, then come join us!


Weather is always an important concern when backpacking. Historical September weather is much drier than even a month earlier and averages in the high-60s / low-70s during the day and 40s/50s at night. However, be prepared for the possibility of day temperatures in the 80s and freezing temperatures at night, with the threat of rain on any day. But overall, expect a warm, dry end of September treat.

Probable Trip Leaders

Dan Shafto
2nd Guide TBD


$1375 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Minneapolis, MN (MSP) as well as personal equipment, restaurant meals and any gratuities for guides.

Covered expenses include 2 hotel nights, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, park permits, fees and awesome guides.

Tipping: In order to keep our prices competitive with (and hopefully favorable to) other outfitters, we shamefully can’t pay our guides as much as we think they deserve. Like most other guiding services, we rely on the generosity of our participants to make up this shortfall by tipping the guides. While tips are not required or expected, if your guides have served you well, please consider a gratuity so they can continue living their extravagant lifestyles of eating powdered meals, sleeping in the dirt and pooping in smelly outhouses and small holes they've dug.

Important Note

This is a proposed itinerary only. We cannot reserve any sites until March 25, 2022 at 8:00AM EDT. We will attempt to reserve our itinerary at that time, but because of high demand and competition, we may have to alter our planed routen.

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Fly or drive into Minneapolis St. Paul Airport (MSP)

The best time to arrive is between around Noon-3PM. However, if you can save a substantial amount on your flight by arriving a few hours earlier or later, then do so.

Take free airport shuttle to local hotel TBD

Distribution of trail mix / Make-your-own trail mix, Covid permitting

"Before" body composition measurements taken

Body temperature measurements taken to check for possible Covid fever

Trip to REI Bloomington flagship store, 750 W American Blvd (Previously 750 W 79th St), Bloomington, MN 55420, (952) 884-4315 for forgotten or last minute equipment. Closes at 6PM

Go to local restaurant for welcome dinner (Dinner not included in trip cost)

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Second set of before body composition measurements taken

Body temperature measurements taken to check for possible Covid fever

Free Hotel Breakfast

Check out of Hotel

Your spare bag(s) will be stored either at the hotel or in a storage unit for safekeeping

Shuttle almost 5 hours to the Lake Superior Trailhead on M-107, elevation 1050'

Hike 4.9 miles on the Lake Superior Trail to Lone Rock

Camp at LS-13 & LS-14, elevation 600'

Miles today: 4.9 miles. Total to date: 4.9 miles

Possible Bailout: M-107

Monday, September 26, 2022

Hike 5.9 mi on Lake Superior Trail to the mouth of the Little Carp River

Camp at LC-13 & LC-14, elevation 600'

Miles today: 5.9 miles. Total to date: 10.8 miles

Possible Bailout: South Boundary Road (pretty far)

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Hike 4.5 mi on Little Carp River Trail

Camp at LC-6 & LC-7, elevation 1000'

Miles Today: 4.5. Total to Date: 15.3

Possible Bailout: South Boundary Road

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Hike 7.3 mi on Little Carp River Trail

Camp at SML-1 & SML2, elevation 1500'

Miles Today: 7.3. Total to Date: 23.0

Possible Bailout: South Boundary Road

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Hike 1.5 mi on Mirror Lake Trail to the Government Peak Trail

Hike 5.6 mi on Government Peak Trail

Camp at GP-1 & GP-2, elevation 1150'

Miles Today: 7.1. Total to Date: 28.8

Possible Bailout: Lake of the Clouds

Friday, September 30, 2022

Hike 1.5 mi on the Government Peak Trail to the Escarpment Trail

Hike 2.0 mi on the Escarpment Trail to the Cloud Peak Trail

Hike 0.5 steep downhill miles on the Cloud Peak Trail to M-107

End of Hiking

Miles Today: 4.0. Total to Date: 31.9

Possible Bailout: M-107

Guide(s) will retrieve shuttle vehicle(s)

Shuttle back to local hotel TBD

Dinner and Awards Ceremony at local restaurant (dinner not included in trip cost)

This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Take Free Airport Shuttle

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